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  • Bedding Bass on Lake Keowee

    The bass are starting to bed on Lake Keowee, but according to the tournament anglers fishing the March of Dimes Bass Tournament, the fish are still tough to catch.

    Ray Stuart of Anderson won the March of Dimes Tournament with 17.09 pounds and the big fish of 5.42 pounds. Stuart said that he caught several bass on the lower part of the lake with a chartreuse/white spinnerbait by casting to the bank.

    It was only after Stuart moved to the upper part of the lake in 60 degree water that he caught two bedding bass on a Texas rigged white crawfish.

    Several other tournament anglers talked about seeing bedding bass, but said that they “spooked” easily. When the fishermen moved in closer, the fish moved off the beds and did not come back.

    Other anglers that took home a check had bags made up mainly of spots. These fish were caught in the lower lake off points in 30-40 feet of water on blade runners, jig heads, and plastics.

    Most of the tournament anglers agreed that once the bad weather gets out this week, and the waters warm up, “the fishing should be incredible” for the next few weeks for bedding bass.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley